Council waits it out

Mr Scott, elected to council for the first time last October, resigned on May 8.

The council determined the City would request the Electoral Commissioner’s approval to leave the position vacant until the next election, due in October 2015, instead of calling an extraordinary election.

It would cost more than $100,-000 to hold an extraordinary election, the staff report estimated.

‘Council should be mindful of the current metropolitan local government reform process which, depending on how the State Government decides to deal with existing elected councils, could result in all offices on council becoming vacant from July 1, 2015,’ it said.

‘Should council wish to conduct an extraordinary election to fill the current vacancy, a person elected to the office could serve as little as nine months.’